This article offers pictures and a brief review of these children’s books.  Do you all think that some of the content is off target or certain aspects are missing?

More good news - thanks for the tweet GLSEN!

More good news - thanks for the tweet GLSEN!

It’s that time of the year again!! 

Time to get out, have some fun, and, most importantly, show your pride for the LGBTQ community! Check out our new video portraying Chicago’s 2014 pride.

This year we asked folks how they make an IMPACT on the community (who doesn’t love a little word play?).  People feel and express pride in different ways, and this question helped illustrate that.

Folks were joyous and offered some great responses – I make an IMPACT by:

“Spreading kindness”
“Being out and PROUD!!”
“Loving our friends, no matter what.”
“Making sure there is a Gay Straight Alliance in every Illinois school”

It was amazing to see everyone being proud and letting us know how they make an impact on the community!!

Until next year, stay awesome and proud.

"If we want to end internalized homophobia, we need to first end homophobia," she says. "It’s as simple as that."

~ Dr. Birkett

pozmagazine:

Check Out POZ Mag’s Continuing Coverage of #AIDS2014
We’re working hard in both Melbourne and NYC to help bring you all the latest research, advocacy, policy and news from the 20th International AIDS Conference.

pozmagazine:

Check Out POZ Mag’s Continuing Coverage of #AIDS2014

We’re working hard in both Melbourne and NYC to help bring you all the latest research, advocacy, policy and news from the 20th International AIDS Conference.

pozmagazine:

Media Bungles Another HIV Story
In a rash of inaccurate and hyperbolic reporting, numerous press outlets (from the Atlantic to Joe. My. God.’s blog) misreported over the weekend that WHO wants all gay men to take PrEP.
It’s really just a recommendation. Here are the facts on the announcement.

Thanks for clarifying!

pozmagazine:

Media Bungles Another HIV Story

In a rash of inaccurate and hyperbolic reporting, numerous press outlets (from the Atlantic to Joe. My. God.’s blog) misreported over the weekend that WHO wants all gay men to take PrEP.

It’s really just a recommendation. Here are the facts on the announcement.

Thanks for clarifying!

Going to a clinic for various health services can be worrisome since it is not clear what your rights are and/or what level of privacy is included.  Check out this blog to learn more!!

How do I know if my parent(s) or guardian will find out?

Many states have exceptions to parental consent or notification laws for sexual health services like and abortion or HIV testing. For example, in California, if you are 12-years-old or older, testing and treatment for STIs and HIV are confidential.

However, in Illinois, if you are 12-years-old or older, testing and treatment for STIs and HIV do not require parental consent, but your doctor may legally discuss this with your parents.  This doesn’t mean that they will. If you are unsure, you should ask at the clinic or doctor’s office, because you have a right to know.

What are the laws in my state?

It’s important to look at the laws in your state, and we recommend Sex Etc.’s Sex in the States. This state-by-state map explains what your rights are on eleven topics, including LGBTQ rights, condoms, and even sexual health education! It will also tell you what age you have to be for each law to apply. Guttmacher Institute is another great resource that has overviews of state policies related to teen health.

Is oral sex safer sex?

The answer might be more complicated than you think. Our newest video talks about the benefits and risks of oral sex, including what you need to know to protect yourself and your partners - including how to use a dental dam!

sqs-tec:

Hi everyone,

I wanted to share a little bit of information about a study I’m working on—it’s called LifeSkills, and it’s an HIV prevention intervention that is currently being tested here at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Can you share this information with your networks? I’d…

Check out our latest video with Laura Kuper to learn more about the recent IMPACT publication, published in the Journal of Sex Research.

(Source: impactprogram.org)